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Alyssa's Wish



On Saturday, September 24, over 150 Clearwater Christian College students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters participated in the Fourth Annual Miles for Hope ‘Moving Towards a Cure’ Clearwater Brain Tumor Awareness Event in honor of alumna Alyssa McLanahan Stolvoort. Miles for Hope was founded by Barb and Bob Gibbs to fund brain tumor research and clinical trials. They also provide travel assistance to brain tumor patients participating in clinical trials.

Senior Jon McLanahan organized the team from CCC in honor of his sister, Alyssa. A part-time financial representative and intern at Northwestern Mutual, Jon wanted to combine his community service requirements with a cause that personally changed his life. “My sister passed away on July 16, 2011, after battling brain cancer for two and a half years.  

Once I found Miles for Hope, I knew I had found a way to honor Alyssa.” In less than a month, Jon had raised support, found runners, and organized this fitting tribute to his sister.

Jon’s team, Alyssa’s Wish, raised almost $10,000 and came in fourth place on amount of money donated. Jon also placed as the fourth highest individual fundraiser. In total, Miles for Hope raised over $151,000 for support of brain cancer awareness; Team Alyssa’s Wish was proud to be a part.

The Miles for Hope run included 100k, 50k, and 25k runs, a 5k Walk/Run, and a 1m Fun Run. Participants were invited to run, walk, or bike for the cause. CCC run members that placed in the events are as follows:

1st place (15-19 yr. girls)
2nd place (15-19 yr. girls
3rd place (15-19 yr. girls)
1st place (15-19 yr. boys)
2nd place (20-24 yr. girls)
2nd place (20-24 yr. boys)
3rd place (20-24 yr. boys)
Rachel Maurer
Chelsea Kirmelewicz
Kara Lundquist
Joe White
Katie Mills
Tyler Spraul
Josh Stolvoort

Among many others, the following runners, donors, and volunteers honored Alyssa’s memory by participating in some degree in the Miles for Hope ‘Moving Towards a Cure’ Clearwater Brain Tumor Awareness Event.

Runners, Donors, and Volunteers:

Nicole Atkinson
Ahna Boley
Stephanie Brundage
Andrew Burch
Courtney Brillo
DeeDee Goff
Mackenzie Gotcher
Elisabeth Holloway
Lauren Johnson
Andrew Lawson
Carl Martin
Rachel Maurer
Mike and Joanne McHugh
Jon McLanahan
Dana Medich
Joshua Stolvoort
Madeline Tewes
Audriana Tillman
Katelynn Volpe
Christy Wareing
Joshua Wheeler
Joanna Wiedeman
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Wanda Wilson and Alyssa Stolvoort
Willie Holloway (passed away 2007 from Brain Cancer)
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Doug Maurer (Dad) and Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort and Dawn Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort, Renee Connors, and Dawn Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Marcia King and Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Jeanette J. and Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort
Alyssa Stolvoort

Click on the following link for more photos from the event:
Photo Gallery/Alyssa's Wish